ITZY are currently preparing for their comeback for their fifth mini album, CHECKMATE.
The members look elegant and classy in the promotional teasers for the album.
And fans of the group are excited to see what dynamic concept ITZY will surprise them with for this comeback.
But in addition to their comeback, ITZY are also about to embark on a world tour that currently includes two concerts in Seoul, South Korea, and then eight concerts in the United States.
And while fans couldn’t be more excited about the tour…
ITZY FIRST WORLD TOUR IS COMING! THE QUEENS ARE COMING! pic.twitter.com/mkfeFgs1lR
— ♛ (@midcys) June 16, 2022
Their enthusiasm dampened when they realized the size of the venues ITZY are slated to perform at.
ITZY’s tour stop capacity
— ITZY CONNECT (@ITZYconnect) June 16, 2022
wait is this seriously the venue theyre giving itzy oh my gosh pic.twitter.com/rKNtyVIf84
— Glory⁷ (@agusttddaeng) June 16, 2022
Now fans are voicing their frustration at JYP Entertainment and Republic Records for the small venues. Since small venues mean that competition for tickets will be intense.
i’m gonna be fighting for my life i fear…couldn’t even get txt tickets bc the resellers were crazy…😭 4.6k come one we can do better 😭 https://t.co/A2e75YOf1z
— ²²jen⁷❆🌐 (@prod_btskz) June 16, 2022
Oh my god…them tickets gon sell out in 5 seconds I have to get ready https://t.co/77Juw0jxuR
— $ukiton (@ludatheeshorti) June 16, 2022
Some fans are trying to look for the positives, like how smaller venues mean closer views…
I think there is also an advantage to this, it will be more intimate, and the fans are far closer if you compared it to arenas. The only problem is on getting some tix.
— GunMetal Monster (@gunMetalM0nster) June 17, 2022
Or that like (G)I-DLE, who are also going on a world tour, if ITZY’s tickets sell out fast enough, they may be given more tour dates or a bigger venue.
Let’s calm down for a minute. If they sell out the venues with ease (which they probably will) then it’s very possible that they’ll upgrade the venue after that &/or add more dates. Lots of people have done it so let’s wait and see first
— ITZY IN JULY ≷ (@L1anator) June 16, 2022
gidle even changed their worldtour venue due to the high demand from fans so we midzys most likely have a chance of getting itzy the bigger venue they deserve if only we could sell those tickets in just a min
— َ (@Iiaizy) June 16, 2022
But other fans are pointing out how it feels disrespectful to the artists since their previous United States showcase, when the group were rookies, had similar-sized venues.
It is so insulting and offending to @ITZYofficial. They had their US Showcase with almost the same venue capacity during their rookie years. Almost 2 years have passed and @jypnation couldn't even get a bigger venues for ITZY, to think that their fanbase have expanded since then? pic.twitter.com/o0CizennB3
— natalia (@mafiagirIs) June 16, 2022
Some fans are also nothing that TWICE and Stray Kids, who are also under JYP Entertainment, had significantly larger venues for their recent and upcoming United States tours.
the venue sizes for twice and stray kids were huge why are itzy’s so small…. pic.twitter.com/dBya0H8cpj
— emily (@IoneIymoons) June 16, 2022
And a few fans are joking that the issue is the ITZY and TXT crumbs that fans have been waiting for since TXT fans had similar complaints directed at HYBE for the size of the group’s venues for their upcoming world tour.
txt and itzy being two of the biggest groups in their generation but being paid dust by their own companies by belittling their capabilities to sold out a mich bigger venue for their concerts …
— ♛ (@midcys) June 16, 2022
hybe 🤝 jype
failing to recognize txt & itzy's growth by giving them the same venue capacity as their showcase tours
— andrea ♛ 7.15 (@ryejicode) June 16, 2022
txtzy crumbs👀 https://t.co/De8I6uyiMg
— Ümile♕≷ (@ryumyworld) June 16, 2022
Fans are hopeful that JYP Entertainment and Republic Records will find a way to rectify the situation.
A World Tour with a 5K venue for the 3rd Biggest K-Pop Girl Group is a joke. Please upgrade the venues for ITZY's tour.
— ITZY Charts | CHECKMATE ≷ (@ITZYChartsData) June 16, 2022
5.5k average venue size, 50k seats total for the US dates. Seems like not enough, hopefully they add several stops
— Anyone (@gNormalUser) June 16, 2022